by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The welterweight division in World Extreme Cagefighting continues to bolster itself as past opponents of current champion Carlos Condit will battle it out on Aug. 3 when the last two fighters he’s faced, Carlo Prater and Brock Larson, square off. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday.
Carlo Prater has long been thought of as one of the most underrated fighters in the sport, carrying an impressive record and an array of skills that have gained him much respect amongst fighters in the industry.
Debuting with the WEC in February, Prater looked to pick up his second win over Condit, having defeated him in 2004. The second go around did not go his way as Condit was able to submit Prater in the first round of their championship match-up.
Since the loss, Prater has taken two fights outside of the WEC, picking up unanimous decision wins over Marcelo Brito and, most recently, Garett Davis in June.
Now he returns to the promotion to face another top welterweight contender in Brock Larson, who is coming back after suffering a broken jaw in his last fight out against John Alessio in March 2008.
Larson received an illegal knee strike from Alessio as he was going for a takedown. Because Larson’s knee was down at the time, Alessio’s strike was deemed illegal and because of the injury the fight was stopped and Larson was declared the winner by disqualification.
A melee ensued after the fight and since that time it’s no secret that there is little love lost between Larson and Alessio, but that grudge will have to wait for another day.
Now Larson looks to get back on track towards another shot at Condit, and his first blockade happens to be Prater.
The welterweight showdown will take place on Aug. 3 as a part of the WEC’s return to Las Vegas and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.